Back in August, I wrote this Closer Look piece on Troy Tulowitzki where I panned him for not hitting for much power this season. It appears he read my article, as he has gone off in September. This month, Tulowitzki is hitting .340-.398-.904 with 15 HRs and 40 RBIs. Juiced balls or not, he is having a September to remember. Only Babe Ruth has had more RBIs in a single month than Tulowitzki this month.
For 2010, Tulo is hitting ,324-.388-.588 with 27 HRs, 95 RBIs, 85 runs scored and 10 SBs. Hanley Ramirez, the top SS in fantasy circles, is hitting .300-.378-.475 with 21 HRs, 76 RBIs, 92 runs scored and 31 SBs. Hanley's SBs are very nice, but his power numbers have dropped in each of the last two seasons.
I think going into 2011 fantasy drafts, that Tulowitzki could be taken ahead of Hanley in some drafts, and I think I would consider it myself. Consider this. Tulowitzki is putting up a very fine offensive season even though he has played just 115 games this season. Hanley, until he was shut down this week, has played in 141 of the Marlins games.
Is it possible that Tulo is capable of putting up better power numbers in 2011? I am sure he won't repeat his 2010 September performance, but he has proved me wrong before. What kind of numbers could Tulo put up in an injury-free season? Could he go 30-1000.330-15? Those are tough numbers to pass up.
Who would you rather have in 2011?